On May 16, Russia sent a convoy loaded with 150 tons of humanitarian aid from the Hmeimim Air Base to northeastern Syria, including the city of al-Qamishli.
According to RT, a part of the aid was distributed in the town of Ain Issa in northern Raqqa. The rest will be distributed in different parts of the northeastern region in the upcoming few days.
While passing in a U.S. “influence zone” east of the town of Tell Tamr, the Russian aid convoy was chased by two U.S. armored vehicles.
Russian forces entered northeast Syria last year to monitor an agreement between Damascus and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Later, the Russian Military Police was tasked with monitoring the Russian-Turkish ceasefire on the region.
Currently, Russia is working to establish strong relations with locals in the region. In addition to sending aid, Russian officials are holding meetings with tribal leaders and prominent figures. Additional forces are also being deployed in the region on a regular basis.
The U.S. appears to be concerned by the growing presence of Russia in northeast Syria, especially by such ‘hostile acts’ as the delivery of aid to locals.